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Batgirl Cover No 1 by AdamHughes Batgirl Cover No 1 by AdamHughes
Year: 2011
Client: DC Comics
Media: Media: Pencil, PITT Pen on Strathmore Drawing paper, then colored with Adobe Photoshop CS2.

Here she is, the new Barbara Gordon Batgirl, courtesy of the coming major DC Comics reboot. I'll be providing the covers for this series, written by the fabulous Gail Simone.

It's a very odd thing for me, to be working on a Barbara Gordon Batgirl. I'm old enough to remember a time before Oracle, when Barbara Gordon being Batgirl was the norm. I know several young people who feel that way because they grew up on the early 1990's BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES, where Babs was Batgirl and there was no Oracle.

But I remember reading the great old Batgirl backup stories in DETECTIVE COMICS, second-hand (both Batgirl and I were created in the same year - 1967). Great art by Carmine Infantino or Curt Swan or GIL KANE. Batgirl was awesome.

I was working in a comic book store in 1988 when THE KILLING JOKE came out. I sold it to people. I was loving the gritty Batman revival in the mid 80s, with DARK NIGHT RETURNS and BATMAN: YEAR ONE. But I, like everyone else, was unprepared for what the Joker did to Barbara Gordon. It had RESONANCE.

When I started working for DC the following year, 1989, a little part of me was sad that I'd never get to draw Batgirl. Barbara Gordon was to be Oracle now, and remain so for the next 23 years. I applaud DC Comics for keeping her in the wheelchair THAT long. Do you think Marvel would keep Jean Grey dead for 23 years, LOL?

So here we are, on the threshold of a new era of DC Comics, one where Batgirl is once again Barbara Gordon. Many fans who have clamored for her return for over 2 decades are probably going to be happy. Here's a link to a wonderful op/ed piece by Jill Pantozzi, representing the fans who would prefer that Babs remain Oracle. Read and think; nay, PONDER. [link]

Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle is a polarizing character, one who'll probably invite great debate over the next few months and beyond the premier of her new book.
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:iconmmbseven:
Mmbseven Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There was a time when I had to let go of my comics collection, but I could not let go of my Adam Hughes issues.
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JohnAwesomeJr Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
I went to Six flags and I saw this picture on a wall, it was almost 10 ft high.

Love your work Adam.
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servatillo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
master of masters
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Mothergoose19 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Nice work Adam.
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generallaserfist Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I like the costume but i'm not sure i want her to be batgirl. Barbara Gordon is my favorite Batgirl but I feel she got more acts of heroism accomplished as Oracle. Though i'm excited to see her back out on the field. Go Babs!
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What-the-Gaff Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely.

Barbara's time as the "true" Batgirl was already over when I started reading comics in the early 90s, and as much as I loved her on the animated series, I'd gotten used to the new Batgirl we got from No Man's Land. She fit in Batman's world better than Babs' girl next door.

And I happen to agree with Ms Pantozzi, Barbara is stronger and more interesting as Oracle.
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Giuliabeck Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oooh, I just love her gloves, lips, eyes, hair, costume, leg perspective, background...okay, everything! *u*
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bioacidic Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Photographer
I was so happy to hear you would be doing the cover art for Babs <3 This is gorgeous!
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:iconweaponlogic:
weaponlogic Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ADAM HUGHES art style + Batgirl = 2 great flavours that taste great together.

Awesome cover, great colour and love the fingernail detail in the gloves,awesome suit desin from what I can see.
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ridgewood123 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Nicely done!
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spcebaby Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw this featured on the DC blog, and Mr. Hughes - as usual - this is absolutely stunning work. I love the way you draw women.
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echosong41 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is an amazing piece, as usual, sir.
I'm glad that they're bringing Babs back, (I grew up watching BTAS and JLA), but at the same time, getting rid of Oracle will be difficult.
Darn those reboots!
*Back to my own imaginary perfect Bat Family*
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Tallant Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Amazing cover. This book will be awesome.
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:iconjlawrence:
JLawrence Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Brilliant!
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:iconpseudodog:
pseudodog Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
her gloves remind me of geckos for some reasone
AWESOME work!!!
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:iconnervkitty:
Nervkitty Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
You are amazing as usual
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Photogrartist Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
I like what you've done with the costume, but I'm not sure I want to see Oracle disappear either. She's become such a pivotal character in the DC universe. How's JLA (or even Batman) going to manage without their all-seeing-eye?

In fact, I'm ambivalent about the upcoming reboot. It almost seems like a last-ditch effort by DC to revive interest in print. Instead, they should be really focusing on how to best monetize comics digitally.
Don't know what it is about print media, they're almost stubborn in their refusal to adapt to change.... I've subscribed to so many digital magazines using zinio.com and often wonder why neither DC nor Marvel are even trying to proliferate online distribution through as many channels as they can. Not everybody wants to buy stuff directly from them; it's akin to them distributing print comics through stores only they own.

I truly hope that this reboot doesn't turn out to be a debacle.
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JwichmanN Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup:
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JoaoRodrigoBaptista Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Babs is back as Batgirl?! Didn't know that! For me, she was the ONLY Batgirl.

Not sure if I like the idea or not, it seems a Jean Greyish move, but I haven't followed DC's titles lately, so I may be wrong.

Great work, as ever. I'm just not sure if I like the legs...
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JacobBarnes Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Well at least Batgirl looks good. Wish I could say the same thing about Supergirl. Her reboot costume is horrible.
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:iconnsdjaggar:
nsdjaggar Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Damn Adam, never cease to amaze me.
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:iconrunningonjello:
runningonjello Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
This looks so amazing!!! I'm SO glad you're doing the covers for Batgirl! I know you'll do Barbara Gordon justice! :)!!!!
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Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What is there to say but WOW!
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geeenny Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Although I love Babs as Batgirl, I'm one of those who prefer her as Oracle. She was a well-represented, differently-abled strong female character and I would hate to see that go.
Great job on this cover nonetheless!
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The-Great-Geraldo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011   General Artist
Babs returning to the cape and cowl? Hell... it's about time!
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Realms-of-Nowhere Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome! Love the purple on the cape and the texture on the gloves' palms!
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tar-ik78 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
I thought that was you doing the cover. With Gail writing I am sure she will be awesome. Plus I didn't like the old batgirl. Love the detail on the gloves.

I am sad that we will not see an Action 1000 in 8 years :( unless DC pulls a Marvel and reverts back to old numbering in a few years
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keucha Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
fuckin awesome!!!!! love it love it love it!
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice details on her glove :clap:
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April-Feinberg Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
I grew up with Barbara being Batgirl.I love that you get to draw her as Batgirl again.I wore my plastic 70's Batgirl Costume out because I loved her on the repeat showings of the 60's Batman show.
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michelelee69 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
What to say, besides I honestly love your work. You have an amazing talent for the female and truly care, and is clearly visible in your work. Your dedication to displaying comic fem fatales is outstanding and it has been one of my greatest pleasures to learn about you and your art. Sappy again, but honest no less. As always, best wishes and many thanks!
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the-infamous-sbq Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Can't lie, I'm excited to know you'll be doing consistent work on one of my favorite characters. Looking forward to seeing more of your work with her!
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Lance-Danger Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous!
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MarWash Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent work, as usual, but what does this mean for Cass? :(
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AbbyDark-Star Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
YAY! Looks amazing!!! This is the only thing that has made me really happy about the reboot. BG is Barbara Gordon!!!
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Inkfang Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i love the thrilling pose and expression here, well done
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animaamin7 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Wonderful! I can't wait to see my favorite librarian back in action as Batgirl!!!
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Gdogfolife Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
good to see barbara back on her feet (pun intended). i like your catwoman icon also btw.
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Miss-Pixie-Duchess Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Welcome back, Batgirl Babs. No one could ever replace you. *happytear*
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etartwork Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
absolutely lovely as usual Mr. Hughes :)
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sagginj Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
23 years as Oracle? My, she has certainly aged well :D
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Artist
Beautiful work, Adam!
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BlueMaxx86 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Ah yes, the controversial cover. ...I like it. NO ONE HATE ME!
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MelMelEatRice Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I love this so much. I was really excited to see you had done the new Batgirl cover. But, I am mostly excited that Babs is back!

Hopefully, you'll be doing some Catwoman covers too. Won't be the same without you.
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rostridge Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome stuff! Love the flair of the cape.
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
She's been Oracle for 23 years?!? <shudder>
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Otyugh Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Oh! I read a couple of days ago about the reboot starting on August (I think) and had my reservations, but they couldn't have selected anyone better to draw her than you! Now I can only hope they arrive to Peru sooner than later.
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Shariko Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Your work is very inspiring.
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HeeroYuy0100 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
I like her as batgirl I like her as oracle, I actually think it would be cool if she did both for a time, I have the original first appearance of her and all of birds of prey, so I understand both sides of the coin but my main issue was the whole on again off again thing with grayson that they never really explained why it was off for the final time. I wish they'd just put them together and be done with it. There are so few DC couples as it is that it would be nice to have a reliable one for a little while. If not I can always hope for Dick Grayson x Kara Zor-L but something tells me that even though that would be a really fun match, they'll never make it happen. In summary, Congrats on getting bat-girl, I absolutely love your work and I hope you have a lot of fun and success on the covers for this new series.
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FrankRapoza Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
√ 1. Chin Strap.
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